Lancaster won’t rush Cipriani decision

Date published: June 23 2015

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is still waiting for the outcome of a police investigation before making a call on Danny Cipriani.

The Sale fly-half was arrested for drink-driving earlier this month. Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley have already been left out of England's World Cup squad for disciplinary issues on and off the field.

Cipriani looked set for a similar fate when the news of his arrest broke but Lancaster will wait for the outcome from the police investigation.

 "(I am) waiting to see what the police investigation will determine. I've got no position at all at the moment," said Lancaster at Tuesday's press conference.

"He's not been charged with anything so as a consequence is in camp and training as everyone else is. I'll deal with it as and when it's appropriate.

"It's not ideal that you're in that position where you're having to make decisions like that, particularly when they're high-quality players."

Lancaster also revealed that David Strettle had contacted him by phone recently to inform him that he would withdraw from England's World Cup camp. The new Clermont winger has been replaced by Semesa Rokoduguni.

"He rang me towards the end of last week," Lancaster revealed.

"He'd been to France, he considered his options and alternatives and decided to pull out."